Baytown: Team Kalitta wrap-up

Team Kalitta gains confidence after qualifying number one in Houston. Baytown, TX, April 14, 2002 - The new tune-up combination on the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta lived up to its promised performance ...

Team Kalitta gains confidence after qualifying number one in Houston.

Baytown, TX, April 14, 2002 - The new tune-up combination on the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta lived up to its promised performance boost when Team Kalitta qualified atop the field for the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, April 11-14, with a 4.579-second blast at 320.81 mph.

Final eliminations began with a promise of greatness as Kalitta (4.730 seconds, 311.13 mph) posted a dominating victory over Ken Zeal (12.524 seconds, 78.60 mph) in the first round.

Unfortunately, a very hot and slippery Houston Raceway Park drag strip proved to be menacing enough to end an otherwise successful weekend for the Mac Tools dragster team. Kalitta (6.506 seconds, 197.80 mph) lost a tire-smoking duel to David Grubnic (5.491 seconds, 279.04 mph) in the second round of final eliminations Sunday.

"We made a last-minute lane change," said Kalitta. "I don't think that had any bearing on the outcome though. Kenny (Bernstein) had just ran a 4.66 (seconds) in front of us and we had our Mac Tools dragster set-up to run quicker just like in qualifying, but unfortunately, the track would not allow it."

Team Kalitta will now have almost two weeks to prepare for the next national event on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour. The Mac ToolsTM Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals will be held April 26-28 in Bristol, Tennessee at Bristol Dragway.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic